IO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil exploded into collective celebration Friday night after its soccer team won a hard-fought quarterfinal match against Colombia, 2-1.
As the final germany 2014 jersey
whistle blew, thousands of fans wearing Brazil's canary-colored jersey neymar brazil jersey
and watching the match on Copacabana beach in front of a giant TV screen jumped and screamed with joy.
Volleys of powerful fireworks exploded overhead and in neighborhoods across the continent-sized nation.
In Sao Paulo, about 2,000 people gathered on the grounds of the Vai Vai samba school, where a Carnival atmosphere flowed before the match, but was more muted during the tense second half.
"It was so much suffering, but I'm very happy!" said 61-year-old Vera Regina, decked out in Brazil's yellow, green and blue colors. "My heart is beating so fast!"
Regina, like many in the crowd, spent the last half alternatively watching a big TV screen, only to then clench her fists, raise them in the air and scream "more heart, play with more heart!" in an effort to will her beloved Brazil to victory.
As the final whistle blew, the Vai Vai drum corps erupted into high gear, as women danced a frenetic samba, men ran around lifting plastic chairs into the air, and parents held toddlers aloft in messi argentina jersey
glee as the party prepared to roll all night.